The European Brain Council released its Policy Roadmap ‘Brain Health in Europe: Fostering Innovation, Improving Outcomes’ on the occasion of Brain Awareness Week 2021, calling for the establishment of an EU-wide and public health combined Brain Plan.

The Roadmap stressed that today, more than ever, EU health stakeholders need to come together and ensure that brain health is at the centre of the Union and its Member States’ public health agenda. We need to combine our efforts to foster innovation in research and treatment for mental and neurological disorder and to improve the quality of life of affected patients.

The release of the Roadmap was accompanied by an official European Parliament roundtable, co-hosted by MEP Maria da Graça Carvalho (EPP, Portugal) and MEP Tomislav Sokol (EPP, Croatia), in April 2021. The roundtable was an opportunity to formally launch the Policy Roadmap to policymakers, bringing together key stakeholders to discuss the Roadmap’s recommendations and next steps for better outcomes for people living with mental and neurological disorders. A full event report is available here.